- B.A. Political Science & Environmental Studies, Williams College
- M.C.P., Land Use and Urban Policy, UC Berkeley
- J.D., Land Use & Real Estate, UC Berkeley School of Law
Michael Yarne is a joint venture partner at BUILD, a San Francisco-based real estate development company, and Board Chair of Build Public, a nonprofit. Yarne founded Build Public to innovate public placemaking finance, development, stewardship and policy. Michael brings multiple perspectives to bear on socially responsible, for-profit, urban infill development and new models of public space development and stewardship, having advised developers and cities on complex land use, real estate, and project finance issues as an attorney, served on the boards of numerous non-profit livable city organizations, including San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Urban Ecology, managed the development of large-scale mixed-use urban residential projects as a real estate developer and implemented innovative public-private partnerships and policies to fund open space and neighborhood infrastructure as an advisor to San Francisco's Mayor Newsom.